CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta looks at the roles of trauma and medication as a “common factor” in tragedies similar to the Sandy Hook shooting. SSRIs have been shown to carry a risk of increased impulsivity, says Dr. Gupta, and points out that “over a 7-year period, there were 11,000 incidences of violence” connected with SSRIs, many of them suicides.
We often talk about the need for good withdrawal protocols for these drugs but Dr. Gupta’s comments make me wonder about induction protocols as well. These drugs aren’t benign, otherwise our bodies wouldn’t go through the compensatory responses in an effort to maintain homeostasis. There seem to be challenges with starting, stopping and maintaining over long periods of time which begs the question, “Is it best not to start at all?
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